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If you upgradeonline, you still get to choose how you work day to day. You can either:
  • work online, so you can work with others on your company file. For example, your accountant can log on and run reports without interrupting your work.
  • work offline (check out your file) so you can keep working if you won't have access to the internet for a while. Or, you might prefer to work offline and go back online only when you want your accountant to access your file. AccountRight gives you that flexibility. 
Switching between working online and offline is pretty easy:
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But if you really can't or don't want to work online at all, you can upgrade your file without putting it online.

If you:

  • don't want online access
  • don't have an internet connection, or it's very slow
  • don't have a subscription for an online file
  • or if you operate on a network

you can upgrade the file without putting it online — but this does mean you won't have access to key features. You can still put your company file online at a later date if you change your mind.

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This information is intended for AccountRight v19 (or earlier) users moving to the new AccountRight. If you're already using the new AccountRight and need to update your software, or upgrade a file that's already online, see Getting the latest version.

Not sure which AccountRight version you're using? Open AccountRight, go to Help and choose About AccountRight.



can work online or offline – it's your choice

You need an AccountRight subscription to upgrade

If you don't have a subscription, you'll need one before you can upgrade. Subscribe now.

If you're already have a subscription and want to know how many files you can put online, see here.

Check the following features

Take note if you

can upgrade

If you use these features in your Classic AccountRight (v19 or earlier) software, you won't be able to upgrade to the new AccountRight as these features aren't available in the new AccountRight:

  • M-Powered Payments

  • negative inventory

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    • Negative inventory -  inventory items can't have a negative quantity or value in the new AccounRight. But if you adjust your inventory quantities and values to zero or greater (in each location, if you use multiple inventory locations), you can turn off negative inventory in AccountRight v19 and it won't prevent you from upgrading.

    • Add-ons that require ODBC. Are your add-ons compatible? Check herethe add-on centre (Australia | New Zealand) or contact the add-on provider to check if the add-on can work with the new AccountRight.

    For more information, see We can't upgrade some Premier files.

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    Can't upgrade and need to be compliant for Single Touch Payroll (STP)? If you can't upgrade because you use M-Powered Payments or negative inventory, we've worked with the ATO and you've been granted a deferral from STP.

     If you can upgrade here are some things to check first

    Upgrading a FirstAccounts company file

    FirstAccounts is a very old product so you'll first need to upgrade to AccountRight v19, then you'll be able to upgrade to the new AccountRight. For all the details, see Upgrading FirstAccounts to AccountRight v19.

    Also, check these things

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    your computer can run the new AccountRight

    Check the full system requirements.

    the size of your file is 300MB or moreIf your file is 300MB or more in size, you should prepare your company file for the new AccountRight . This can help the upgrade complete faster and smoother.
    the file you want to upgrade is located in a C:\Program Files subfolderYou’ll need to log on to your computer as an administrator before you can upgrade it. For tips on how to find the file you want to upgrade, see How to find your file.
    you have customised reports

    You'll need to recreate them in the new software version. The good news is we've made customising reports easier. See Customising reports.

    you can find the file you want to upgrade.See Find the file you want to upgrade for tips.
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    Your customised forms can be migrated into the new AccountRight after the upgrade - so you won't need to customise them again.

    you can find the file you want to upgrade.See Find the file you want to upgrade for tips.


    What's different in the new AccountRight?

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    Ready to upgrade?

    You can send your company file to us and we'll do the upgrade for you.

    See Upgrade to the new AccountRight.

    After you've upgraded

    After you open your upgraded company file, you may need to set up a few features again, depending on what features you use. Head over to our See Complete your upgrade tasks page for all the details.

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    Upgrade to the new AccountRight

    Upgrade a Premier multi-currency company file

    Upgrade without putting your company file online

    Reducing the size of your file before upgrading

    How many files you can put online

    Try AccountRight before you upgrade your file

    Complete your upgrade tasks

    What's new for v19 users


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